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Cordell, Dorman E.

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December 2, 1931 - March 21, 2015

Cordell, Dorman E.

Dorman Eugene Cordell died peacefully in Dallas, Texas on March 21, 2015 at the age of 83.

Dorman was born on December 2, 1931 in Whitley City, Kentucky. He was an accomplished man who graduated high school in 1948 and then began Cumberland Jr College. During the summers he sold Bibles in North Carolina for the Southwestern Company in Nashville. He went on to the University of Kentucky where he completed his Bachelors in Journalism in 1952 and then completed his degree in political science at University of North Carolina in 1953. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1957 in Japan as aide to General Lawrence Kueter, Commander of the Far East Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He always dreamed of being a newspaper man. He printed his first newspapers at the age of six and sold them to his neighborhood. He began his career with the Associated Press in 1958 and served as Bureau Chief of New Jersey, Colorado and Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi and Texas during his time at the AP.

He married Frances West Cordell in New Orleans on November 18, 1978. Their daughter Frances Elizabeth Cordell was born June 16, 1980.

After retiring from the Associated Press at age 46 he completed his MBA at The University of Dallas. He worked as an editor and Senior Scholar for The National Center for Policy Analysis for ten years and then was an adjunct professor at Richland and El Centro community colleges. He was passionate about American Government and loved to teach young adults.

Throughout his life his love of journalism, politics, Kentucky basketball, music and travel was evident to all who knew him. He was a kind, and loving man who will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Frances West Cordell, his daughter Frances Elizabeth Cordell, his sister Ernestine Wilson, his niece Holly Beth Kendrick and nephews Walter and Brian Wilson.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church in the Ellis Chapel with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dorman’s life. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Vitas Healthcare 4343 North Josey Lane, Fourth Floor

Carrollton, TX 75010


Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238

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March 25, 2015 1:34PM

Please accept my sincerest condolences due to your most recent loss. May the "God of all comfort" sustain you during this most difficult time. (John 5:28, 29)